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Game Preview: 2/19/18 vs. Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 17
Los Angeles 4 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Scandella, Ristolainen
Goalie: Lehner (26 saves/30 shots)/Johnson (6 saves/6 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2; Shots: Los Angeles 36 – Buffalo 35

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 205)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 16 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 6 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11; injured reserve) – 4 games
Robin Lehner (lower body, Feb. 19) – 0 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/19: Recalled G Linus Ullmark from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Jack Eichel on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 2: Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
CAPITALS at SABRES

  • This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Washington 3-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 7, 2017
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 24 in Washington
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 5-2-3 at home.
  • This is the 157th game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 88-48-20 series record.
  • The Sabres are 47-22-9 at home against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 13-9-2 all-time on February 19.
  • February 19, 1984: Dave Andreychuk records his 100th NHL point and Bill Hajt scores the 4,000th goal in franchise history in a 5-2 win vs. Hartford.
  • February 19, 1991: Christian Ruuttu scores the 6,000th goal in franchise history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • A win today would give the Sabres wins in consecutive meetings with the Capitals for the first time since Dec. 29, 2013 and Jan. 12, 2014.
  • The Sabres are also looking for consecutive home wins against Washington for the first time since they won both matchups in Buffalo in the 2011-12 season.
  • Kyle Okposo has six points (3+3) in his last six games against the Capitals.
  • Jason Pominville has seven points (3+4) in his last seven games against Washington.
  • Benoit Pouliot has five points (4+1) in his last five games against the Capitals.
  • Evander Kane has six career two-point games against Washington.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen had an assist in three of four meetings with the Capitals last season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 18 points (9+9) in his last 18 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 15 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 18 points (5+13) in his last 22 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 18 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Sunday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 16 points (3+13) in his last 17 games, including four multi-point games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 15 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 12 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (4+5) in his last eight home games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied a point in each of his last four home games (1+3).

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 18 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 30.8 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Sunday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Sunday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 73.8 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 52-for-76 (68.4%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Sunday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals last Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Sunday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Sunday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league entering Sunday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw last Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He now holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (885) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 885 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,236
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind-Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/18 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 215 S (T-5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 885 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,452 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:30 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (143), McCabe (114), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (86), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (77)
Shots: Kane (215), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (157)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-5-1 (7), 26/29, 6/21, 31/37

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-10; 111-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 2/17/18 vs. Los Angeles

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Thursday, February 15
Buffalo 2 at Ottawa 3 (OT)
Goals: Wilson, Rodrigues
Goalie: Lehner (33 saves/36 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 4/4; Shots: Ottawa 36 – Buffalo 25

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 202)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 15 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 5 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

TODAY’S GAME
KINGS at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Kings this season.
  • Last meeting: Los Angeles defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2017
  • The Sabres are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Kings; 9-1-0 at home
  • This is the 123rd game all-time between Buffalo and Los Angeles; Buffalo has a 59-44-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 35-16-9 at home against the Kings all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-9-6 all-time on February 17.
  • February 17, 1982: Gilbert Perreault scores his 383rd career goal (a game-winner) to lift the Sabres a 3-2 victory at Chicago. While he would go on to score 512 goals with the Sabres, Perreault only needed the first 383 to set the franchise record; Rick Martin ranks second in franchise history with 382 goals with the team.
  • February 17, 2001: The Sabres chase Martin Brodeur with four goals on 18 shots on the way to a 5-1 victory.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored at least four goals in three consecutive home games for the first time since January 2017. With four goals today, the team would stretch that streak to four straight home games for the first time since the first four home games of the 2007-08 season.
  • Buffalo and Los Angeles have split the season series in each of the last four seasons and would do so again with a Sabres win today.
  • The Sabres are 61-23-17 (.688) all-time in home games against the Pacific Division
  • Kyle Okposo has five assists in his last three games against the Kings.
  • Jason Pominville is on a four-game point streak against Los Angeles, totaling six points (1+5) in those games.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has nine points (5+4) in his last nine games against the Kings.
  • Chad Johnson is 2-0-0 in three career appearances against the Kings with a .942 save percentage.

HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE

  • With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere* meeting between these teams, the home team has won the last 15 games between the Sabres and the Kings.
  • The last time one of these teams won in the other team’s arena was a 5-1 Sabres victory on Oct. 23, 2003, when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in road games against the Kings that dated back to March 13, 1996 (6-2 Sabres win).

*The Sabres topped the Kings 4-2 in a road game on Oct. 8, 2011, but the game was held in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere series.

KING SLAYERS

  • The Sabres are 14-1-1 (one tie) in their last 16 home games against the Kings, dating back to a 2-0 Sabres win on Dec. 17, 1993. During this stretch, the Sabres have outscored the Kings 67-25 on home ice.
  • The Kings have not won a game in Buffalo since their 4-1 win at HSBC Arena on Feb. 21, 2003.
  • The Sabres are 8-0-0 at home against Los Angeles since the last Kings win in Buffalo, outscoring the visitors by a combined 39-12 margin in those contests. With a win tonight, the Sabres would extend the longest home-winning streak against the Kings in franchise history.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 18 points (9+9) in his last 17 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 14 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 17 points (4+13) in his last 21 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 17 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Friday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 16 points (3+13) in his last 16 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in five of his last six games (1+4).
  • Evan Rodrigues has tallied five points (2+3) in his last five games.
  • Scott Wilson has four points (3+1) in his last four games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 14 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 11 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled nine points (4+5) in his last seven home games.
  • Casey Nelson has recorded a point in each of his last four home games (1+3).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied an assist in each of his last three home games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 17 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 32.0 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Friday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Friday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead with 10 power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.7 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 51-for-74 (68.9%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Friday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Friday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Friday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league entering Friday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He now holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (867) and faceoff percentage (61.0%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 867 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the third-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,232
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind-Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/16 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 210 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 867 FOW (1st), 61.0% FO% (1st), 1,422 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:31 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-LAK CONNECTIONS
Former Kings: 

  • Jordan Nolan was selected by the Kings in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He went on to win two Stanley Cups and record 42 points (20+22) in 292 games for Los Angeles.

Local Products:

  • Alex Iafallo was born in Eden, New York.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Represented Canada alongside Tanner Pearson at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Justin Falk:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper and Christian Folin for the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Jordan Nolan:

  • Played alongside Jake Muzzin for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) during the 2009-10 season.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Teammates with Kyle Clifford for Team Canada at the 2009 World U18 Championship.
  • Played with Jake Muzzin and Tyler Toffoli for Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played alongside Trevor Lewis at the 2007 World Junior Championship for the United States.
  • Represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship alongside Dustin Brown.

Jason Pominville:

  • Represented the United States alongside Dustin Brown at the 2008 World Championship.
  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

Marco Scandella:

  • Played with Darcy Kuemper for the Minnesota Wild from 2012-2017. Christian Folin was also on the team from 2013-2017.

NHL Draft:

  • Benoit Pouliot (4th overall) and Anze Kopitar (11th overall) were first-round picks in the 2005 NHL Draft.
  • Justin Falk (110th overall) and Alec Martinez (95th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2007 NHL Draft.
  • Ryan O’Reilly (33rd overall), Robin Lehner (46th overall) and Kyle Clifford (35th overall) were all selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Johan Larsson (56th overall) and Tyler Toffoli (47th overall) were both second-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall) and Tanner Pearson (30th overall) were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • Sam Reinhart (2nd overall) and Adrian Kempe (29th overall) were both first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (142), McCabe (113), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (85), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (76)
Shots: Kane (210), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (155)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-4-1 (7), 24/25, 6/19, 29/35

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-10; 111-121 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)
Feb. 15 at OTT: L, 3-2 (GWG-Hoffman)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado

Game Preview: 2/15/18 at Ottawa

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Tuesday, February 13
Tampa Bay 3 at Buffalo 5
Goals: Reinhart (2), Baptiste, Wilson, O’Reilly
Goalie: Johnson (26 saves/29 shots)
PP: 2/3; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 33 – Tampa Bay 29

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 199)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 14 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 4 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Senators this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 3-2 in Buffalo on Dec. 12, 2017
  • Next meeting: Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Ottawa
  • The Sabres are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 4-5-1 on the road
  • This is the 135th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo has a 66-49-19 series record.
  • The Sabres are 30-27-11 on the road against the Senators all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 10-5-2 all-time on February 15.
  • February 15, 1996: The Sabres acquire Darryl Shannon and Michal Grosek from Winnipeg in exchange for Craig Muni and a 1996 first-round draft pick (Daniel Briere) acquired by the team in a three-team trade in November 1995 involving San Jose and Philadelphia.
  • February 15, 2011: Jhonas Enroth becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to earn his first three career wins via the shootout.
  • February 15, 2015: Zach Bogosian makes his Sabres debut against the Philadelphia Flyers.

I’M SENS-ING A PATTERN

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game with points in nine straight meetings with the Senators (7-0-2) for the first time in the all-time series, including the team’s first four-game winning streak against Ottawa since they won in six straight meetings from Dec. 4, 2010 to Nov. 11, 2011.
  • Buffalo won all three road games against Ottawa last season. The Sabres are now on a five-game point streak in visits to Ottawa (4-0-1) that spans the last two seasons and are looking to stretch that streak to six games for the first time in the all-time series.
  • Buffalo and Ottawa have had 18 of their last 24 games decided by a single goal. Seven of those games were decided in overtime or a shootout.
  • The Sabres are 8-6 all-time in shootouts against the Senators. Their 14 shootouts against Ottawa make up the team’s highest total against any opponent.

HOT AGAINST OTTAWA

  • Robin Lehner is 5-0-2 in nine career appearances against his former club with a .955 save percentage and a 1.39 goals-against average. Chad Johnson is 2-2-0 with a .943 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average in four career games against the Senators.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 15 points (6+9) in 15 career games against Ottawa, including seven points (4+3) in his last six.
  • Kyle Okposo has 14 points (5+9) in 16 games against Ottawa since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, including at least a point in each of the last four (3+2).
  • Sam Reinhart has posted seven points (4+3) in his last seven games against the Senators.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists in his last seven games against Ottawa, including at least an assist in each of his last four (0+6).

SCORING IN BUNCHES

  • The Sabres enter tonight’s game having scored at least four goals in each of their last four games for the first time since Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 2015.
    • With four goals tonight, the team would have four or more goals in five consecutive games in a season for the first time since they did it from Feb. 20 to March 2, 2007.
  • The Sabres have also scored at least four goals in three consecutive road games for the first time since March 2012.
    • With four goals tonight, the team would stretch that streak to four straight road games for the first time since Nov. 2006.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Buffalo enters tonight’s game with wins in each of the team’s last four road games dating back to Jan. 22. The Sabres have won four straight road games in a season for the first time since the first four road games of the 2011-12 season.
    • A win tonight would give the Sabres five straight road wins for the first time since the team won its 10 road games in 2006-07.
    • With an overtime loss tonight, the Sabres would have points in five straight road games for the first time since the team went 4-0-1 in a five-game span in March 2012.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded 10 points (3+7) in his last nine road games, including at least a point in each of his last seven.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled eight points (3+5) in eight road games since the beginning of January, including at least a point in each of his last three.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded five points (2+3) in his last five road games.
  • Scott Wilson enters tonight’s game with at least a point in his last four road games, totaling five points (2+3) in those games.
  • Benoit Pouliot (1+1) and Evan Rodrigues (0+2) each have a point in consecutive road games entering tonight’s contest.
  • Robin Lehner earned a shutout in each of his last two road games, stopping all 63 shots faced in those games.
  • Chad Johnson has stopped 57 of 60 shots faced in his last two road games (.950), earning wins in both of those contests.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Ryan O’Reilly enters tonight’s game with back-to-back three-point games. O’Reilly has been playing at a point-per-game clip in his last 22 games, totaling 10 goals and 12 assists since Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 16 points (6+10) in his last 13 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who enters tonight on a four-game point streak, has 17 points (4+13) in his last 20 games dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 17 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Wednesday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 15 points (3+12) in his last 15 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in four of his last five games (1+3).
  • Evan Rodrigues has tallied four points (1+3) in his last four games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 16 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 33.3 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Wednesday, as did the team’s 16 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least seven power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Wednesday with seven power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo tied for the league lead 10 nine power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 75.8 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 50-for-72 (69.4%).
  • O’Reilly’s 11 power-play goals this season ranked fourth in the league entering play Wednesday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Wednesday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league entering Wednesday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis).
  • He followed that 29-win performance up by going 25-for-42 (59.5%) on Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay and now holds the nine highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • Since the NHL began keeping faceoff stats in 1997-98, only five players have won more than 29 faceoffs in a regular-season game:
    • Travis Green (NYI), 11/8/97 – 33
    • Doug Weight (EDM), 11/5/97 – 32
    • Patrice Bergeron (BOS), 2/24/15 – 31
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2/5/02 – 30
    • Sergei Fedorov (DET), 10/25/00 – 30
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (856) and faceoff percentage (61.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 856 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the second-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Ryan O’Reilly *pace* (BUF), 2017-18 1,238
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind-Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/14 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 206 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 856 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 1,397 FO (1st), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 11 PPG (4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-6th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:28 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-OTT CONNECTIONS
Former Senators:

  • Goaltender Robin Lehner was a second-round selection (46th overall) of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 86 games over the course of his time with Ottawa and compiled a 30-36-13 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals-against average.

Nicholas Baptiste:

  • He was born in Ottawa and played for the Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAA team (OEMMHL) from 2009-2011.

Nathan Beaulieu:

  • Teammates with Mike Hoffman for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) during the 2009-10 season.
  • Represented Canada alongside Mark Stone at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
  • Played with Gabriel Dumont for the Montreral Canadiens from 2012-2015.
  • He and Mike Condon played together for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.

Hudson Fasching:

  • Played with Mike Condon for the United States at the 2016 World Championship.

Josh Gorges:

  • Was a member of Team Canada with Dion Phaneuf at the 2004 World Junior Championship.
  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011.

Jacob Josefson:

  • Represented Sweden alongside Erik Karlsson at the 2009 World Junior Championship.

Evander Kane:

  • Played with Johnny Oduya for the Atlanta Thrasers (2009-2011) and the Winnipeg Jets (2011-12).
  • Teammates with Christopher DiDomenico for Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
  • Represented Canada with Dion Phaneuf during the 2011 and 2012 World Championships. Matt Duchene was on the club in 2011 and Alexandre Burrows was on the team in 2012.

Johan Larsson:

  • Was a member of Team Sweden during the 2012 World Championship along with Erik Karlsson.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • Played for the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Duchene from 2009-2015. Craig Anderson was also on the team from 2009-2011.
  • Teammates with Matt Duchene for Team Canada at the 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Championships.
  • Played with Alexandre Burrows and Dion Phaneuf for Canada at the 2012 World Championship.
  • Represented Canada alongside Derick Brassard and Cody Ceci at the 2016 World Championship.
  • He and Matt Duchene represented Canada together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Kyle Okposo:

  • Played with Nate Thompson for the New York Islanders from 2008-2010.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Tom Pyatt for the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2011 and again for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2012-13 season. Nate Thompson was also a member of the Lightning during the 2012-13 campaign.
  • Pouliot and Pyatt also represented Canada together at the 2006 World Junior Championship.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Helped represent Canada at the 2016 World Championship with Derick Brassard, Cody Ceci and Matt Duchene.

NHL Draft:

  • Kyle Okposo (7th overall) was taken one pick after Derick Brassard (6th overall) in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft.
  • Evander Kane (4th overall), Jacob Josefson (20th overall) and Matt Duchene (3rd overall) were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Ceci were back-to-back selections in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Girgensons was selected 14th overall while Ceci went 15th overall.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (138), McCabe (111), Kane (110)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (83), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (71)
Shots: Kane (206), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (152)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 3-3-1 (7), 22/22, 6/17, 25/31

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 3 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jacob Josefson … 300th NHL game … Feb. 10 at Boston
Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado

Game Preview: 2/13/18 vs. Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Sunday, February 11
Colorado 5 at Buffalo 4
Goals: Pouliot, Nelson, O’Reilly, Kane
Goalie: Lehner (22 saves/27 shots)
PP: 1/5; PK: 4/5; Shots: Buffalo 32 – Colorado 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 196)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 13 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8; injured reserve) – 3 games
Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain, Feb. 11) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11: Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jake McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 2-0 in Buffalo on Nov. 28, 2017
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Tampa
  • The Sabres are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-5-3 at home.
  • This is the 96th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 52-35-8 series record.
  • The Sabres are 24-18-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-5-5 all-time on February 13.
  • February 13, 2004: The Sabres score seven unanswered goals in an 18-minute span and get points from 12 players to top the Los Angeles Kings 8-3 in Buffalo.
  • February 13, 2011: Drew Stafford scores three goals for his league-high fourth hat trick of the 2010-11 season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (4+10) in his last 12 games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, who enters tonight on a three-game point streak, has 16 points (4+12) in his last 19 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 16 points during that span tied for fourth among NHL defensemen entering play Monday.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 14 points (3+11) in his last 14 games, including four multi-point games.
  • Casey Nelson, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday vs. Colorado, has points in three of his last four games.
  • Evander Kane and Benoit Pouliot each have goals in the Sabres’ last two games.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 11 of their last 15 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 31.1 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league entering play Monday, as did the team’s 14 power-play goals.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres have five players with at least six power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league entering play Monday with six power-play goals scored since Jan. 7. Kyle Okposo (nine power-play points each) tied for second in power-play points during that stretch.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.4 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 48-for-67 (71.6%).
  • O’Reilly’s 10 power-play goals this season tied for fourth in the league entering play Monday.

DANGEROUS KILLERS

  • The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals on Sunday vs. Colorado, marking the second time this season the team has scored two shorthanded goals in a game (last: Oct. 7 at NY Islanders).
  • Buffalo entered play Monday tied for the league lead with nine shorthanded goals this season, the team’s highest total since the 2007-08 season (9).
  • Entering play Monday, the Sabres were the only team with three players who have scored at least two shorthanded goals this season (Kane – 3, Girgensons – 2, Pouliot – 2).
  • Ryan O’Reilly’s four shorthanded assists led the league before Monday’s games, and his four shorthanded points tied for second.

HOT AT HOME

  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 14 points (2+12) in his last 14 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 14 points (6+8) in 11 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia, tallying at least one point in all but two games.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last seven home games.

DRAWING ATTENTION*

  • Ryan O’Reilly went 29-for-39 (74.4%) on the draw on Sunday vs. Colorado. The 29 wins set a new career-high mark for O’Reilly, topping his previous high of 26 (Feb. 8 vs. St. Louis). He now holds the eight highest single-game totals in franchise history.
  • Since the NHL began keeping faceoff stats in 1997-98, only five players have won more than 29 faceoffs in a regular-season game:
    • Travis Green (NYI), 11/8/97 – 33
    • Doug Weight (EDM), 11/5/97 – 32
    • Patrice Bergeron (BOS), 2/24/15 – 31
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2/5/02 – 30
    • Sergei Fedorov (DET), 10/25/00 – 30
  • O’Reilly, who leads the NHL in faceoffs won (831) and faceoff percentage (61.3%) this season, is climbing the single-season record books as well. His 831 wins already rank as the sixth-most wins by a Sabre in a season and are on pace to become the third-most by any NHL player in a season:
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2005-06 – 1,268
    • Adam Oates (WSH), 1999-00 – 1,235
    • Ryan O’Reilly pace (BUF), 2017-18 1,224
    • Rod Brind’Amour (CAR), 2001-02 – 1,218
    • Joe Sakic (COL), 2000-01 – 1,214
  • At his current pace, O’Reilly would become just the third player ever to win at least 1,000 faceoffs in a season while maintaining a faceoff percentage of at least 59 percent, joining Rod Brind-Amour (five times) and Patrice Bergeron (two times).

*The NHL began keeping faceoff stats in the 1997-98 season.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 2/12 games)

  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 205 S (5th), 3 SHP (T-6th)
  • O’Reilly: 831 FOW (1st), 61.3% FO% (1st), 1,355 FO (2nd), 4 SHP (T-2nd), 10 PPG (T-4th)
  • Pouliot: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:26 TOI/GP (3rd)

BUF-TBL CONNECTIONS
Former Sabres:

  • Cory Conacher was a member of the Sabres for part of the 2013-14 season, when he posted six points (3+3) in 19 games for Buffalo.

Local Players:

  • Ryan Callahan was born in Rochester, New York and played for the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) during the 2001-02 season.

Justin Falk

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.
  • Played with Tyler Johnson for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) during the 2007-08 season.

Josh Gorges:

  • Represented Canada alongside Braydon Coburn at the 2004 World Junior Championship.

Chad Johnson

  • Played with Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi on the New York Rangers from 2009-2011.

Johan Larsson:

  • Played at the 2012 World Championship for Team Sweden alongside Victor Hedman.
  • Was born on July 25, 1992, two years to the day before Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Robin Lehner:

  • Played with Cory Conacher for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-2014.

Ryan O’Reilly:

  • He was born on Feb. 7, 1991, exactly one year after Steven Stamkos.

Benoit Pouliot:

  • Teammates with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi for the New York Rangers in 2013-14.

Sam Reinhart:

  • Brayden Point was a member of Team Canada along with Reinhart at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Scott Wilson:

  • Teammates with Chris Kunitz for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014-2017.

World Championships:

  • Multiple Sabres have played with Steven Stamkos for Team Canada at World Championships. Evander Kane played with Stamkos in 2010 and Ryan O’Reilly represented Canada alongside Stamkos in 2013, and again in 2016 World Cup.
  • Chad Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Point and Alex Killorn all played for Team Canada at the World Championship in 2017.
  • Victor Antipin, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov played together on the Russian team at the World Junior Championship in 2012.
  • Victor Antipin, Vladislav Namestnikov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nikita Kucherov were teammates for Russia at the 2017 World Championship.

NHL Draft:

  • Jacob Josefson (20th overall), Evander Kane (4th overall) and Victor Hedman (2nd overall) were all first-round picks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
  • Nathan Beaulieu (17th overall) and Vladislav Namestnikov (27th overall) were both selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Zemgus Girgensons (14th overall), Slater Koekkoek (10th overall) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (19th overall) were all first-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (137), McCabe (110), Kane (109)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (83), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (68)
Shots: Kane (205), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (146)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA,
PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 2-3-1 (5), 17/19, 4/14, 21/26

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Points
Zemgus Girgensons … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Buffalo Sabres … 1,000th regular-season home win … Feb. 8 vs. NY Islanders
Jacob Josefson … 300th NHL game … Feb. 10 at Boston
Ryan O’Reilly … 400th NHL point … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado
Casey Nelson … 1st NHL goal … Feb. 11 vs. Colorado

Game Preview: 2/11/18 vs. Colorado

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, February 10
Buffalo 4 at Boston 2
Goals: Kane, Wilson, Pouliot, Ristolainen
Goalie: Johnson (25 saves/27 shots)
PP: 0/1; PK: 4/4; Shots: Buffalo 28 – Boston 27

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 193)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (lower body, Jan. 11; injured reserve) – 12 games
Jake McCabe (thumb, Feb. 8) – 2 games
Zemgus Girgensons (illness, Feb. 10) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
2/11:
Recalled F Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Jack McCabe on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, Feb. 13: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Los Angeles at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: Washington at Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
AVALANCHE at SABRES

  • This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Colorado 4-2 in Colorado on Dec. 5, 2017
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 143rd game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; Buffalo has a 62-56-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 38-21-11 at home against the Avalanche all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-10-1 all-time on February 11.
  • February 11, 2006: Thomas Vanek scores on two of his seven shots as Sabres top the Florida Panthers 5-3 to improve to 7-0-1 in an eight-game span.
  • February 11, 2015: The Sabres acquire Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf from the Winnipeg Jets.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Jack Eichel left last night’s game with an injury in the first period.
  • Sabres goaltenders Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop 224 of the 236 shots (.949) they have faced at even strength in Buffalo’s last nine games.
  • The Sabres have won their last two home meetings with the Avalanche and are looking to stretch the streak to three for the first time since the Sabres topped the Nordiques/Avalanche in three straight visits from March 28, 1995 to Nov. 14, 1996.
  • With a point tonight, the Sabres will have won the season series against Colorado for the first time since they won the lone matchup in 2005-06. The Sabres last swept a multi-game season series against the Avalanche six attempts ago, with wins in both meetings during the 1999-00 season.

HOT AGAINST COLORADO

  • Robin Lehner has started all five games against the Avalanche since he joined the Sabres, stopping 150 of 159 shots faced in those games (.943).
  • Jack Eichel (2+4) and Ryan O’Reilly (0+6) both have six points in five career games against the Avalanche.
  • Benoit Pouliot has nine points (4+5) in his last nine games against Colorado, including at least a point in each of the last four (3+2).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has four points (1+3) and a plus-five rating in seven career games against the Avalanche.
  • Evander Kane has a goal in five of his last seven games against Colorado.

PLAYING WITH POWER

  • The Sabres have tallied at least one power-play goal in 10 of their last 14 games dating back to Jan. 7 at Philadelphia (and went 0-for-0 on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus), converting at a 32.5 percent clip during that span.
  • Buffalo’s power-play percentage during this stretch led the league after last night’s game, and the team’s 13 power-play goals tied for the league lead.
  • During that stretch, the Sabres’ top power-play unit (Eichel, Okposo, O’Reilly, Reinhart, Ristolainen) has combined for 12 goals and each member of the unit has at least six power-play points.
  • Ryan O’Reilly led the league after last night’s game with five power-play goals since Jan. 7. Jack Eichel’s nine power-play points (2+7) during that stretch tied for second.
  • O’Reilly has taken 74.1 percent of the team’s power-play faceoffs during that span, going 43-for-60 (71.7%).
  • O’Reilly’s nine power-play goals this season tied for fifth in the league after last night’s game.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Sam Reinhart has totaled 14 points (4+10) in his last 11 games.
  • Robin Lehner has stopped 175 of 185 shots (.946) in his last six games.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen has 15 points (4+11) in his last 18 games, dating back to Dec. 29. Ristolainen’s 15 points during that span ranked tied for fourth among NHL defensemen after last night’s game.
  • Kyle Okposo has recorded 13 points (3+10) in his last 13 games, including four multi-point games.

HOT AT HOME

  • Jack Eichel has recorded 20 points (12+8) in 18 home games dating back to Nov. 20 vs. CBJ.
  • Kyle Okposo has totaled 13 points (2+11) in his last 13 home games, including three multi-point home games in the month of January.
  • Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points (5+6) in 10 home games dating back to the team’s game on Dec. 22 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (2+5) in his last six home games.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s 12th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, after a 4-2 win last night at Boston. The Sabres are 5-7-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 3-6-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (1), three points (0), two points (5), one point (2) and zero points (3).

JACK ATTACK

  • Jack Eichel has totaled 34 points (15+19) in 30 games since the beginning of December.
  • During that stretch, Eichel ranked in the top 10 in the league in goals (T-7th, 15), points (T-5th, 34), even-strength goals (T-4th, 12) and shots (3rd, 120) after last night’s game.
  • Eichel scored at least two goals in four of those 30 games and finished last night’s game tied for 13th in the league with four multi-goal games this season, just two off the league lead.

I LIKE EICH

  • Jack Eichel is currently on pace to surpass his personal bests in goals (24), assists (33) and points (57) on the strength of improved production at even strength (T-10th in NHL in ES goals, T-10th in ES points after last night’s game).
  • Eichel’s 16 multi-point games this season through 55 games have already tied his career best set in 2016-17.
  • With his 17th even-strength goal in his 44th game of the season on Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 55 games, Eichel now has 19 even-strength goals.
  • With his 36th even-strength point in his 53rd game of the season on Feb. 7 vs. Anaheim, Eichel surpassed his career-best total from 2015-16 (81 games). Through 55 games, he now has 38 even-strength points.

SETTING THEM UP AND KNOCKING THEM DOWN

  • Of Jack Eichel’s 53 points so far this season, 24 have been goals or primary assists recorded during 5-on-5 play (excludes 6-on-5 situations).
  • Through 55 games, Eichel’s 24 primary points (13+11) during 5-on-5 play have already surpassed his 61-game total from last season (11+10) and tied his career-best total from his 81-game rookie season (12+12).

*All primary point stats via NaturalStatTrick.com

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Eichel: 201 S (6th), 38 EVP (T-10th), 19 EVG (T-10th)
  • Girgensons: 2 SHG (T-5th)
  • Kane: 3 SHG (T-2nd), 3 SHP (T-5th), 202 S (5th)
  • O’Reilly: 802 FOW (1st), 60.9% FO% (1st), 1,316 FO (2nd), 9 PPG (T-5th)
  • Ristolainen: 26:29 TOI/GP (3rd)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (135), McCabe (110), Kane (109)
Blocked Shots: Scandella (83), McCabe (79), Ristolainen (68)
Shots: Kane (202), Eichel (201), O’Reilly (141)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 3-5-2 (8), 26/36, 5/36, 29/35
11-20: 2-6-2 (6), 20/35, 5/28, 23/27
21-30: 2-6-2 (6), 18/31, 2/32, 24/32
31-40: 3-4-3 (9), 24/33, 3/25, 23/28
41-50: 4-6-0 (8), 27/31, 10/33, 15/26
51-60: 2-2-1 (6), 13/14, 3/9, 17/21

OVERTIME RESULTS (3-9; 111-120 all-time)
Oct. 17 at VGK: L, 5-4 (GWG-Perron)
Oct. 21 at BOS: W, 5-4 (GWG-O’Reilly)
Nov. 11 at MTL: L, 2-1 (GWG-Pacioretty)
Nov. 14 at PIT: L, 5-4 (GWG-Sheary)
Dec. 8 at CHI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Forsling)
Dec. 10 at STL: L, 3-2 (GWG-Tarasenko)
Dec. 15 vs. CAR: L, 5-4 (GWG-Slavin)
Dec. 27 at NYI: L, 3-2 (GWG-Barzal)
Dec. 29 at NJD: W, 4-3 (GWG-Ristolainen)
Jan. 1 vs. NYR: L, 3-2 (GWG-Miller)
Jan. 22 at CGY: W, 2-1 (GWG-Eichel)
Feb. 6 vs. ANA: L, 4-3 (GWG-Henrique)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-1; 69-65 all-time)
Oct. 5 vs. MTL: L, 3-2 (GDG-Drouin)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jack Eichel … 3 games … 200 career games played
Assists
Jack Eichel … 4 assists … 100 career assists
Points
Ryan O’Reilly … 2 points … 400 career points
Zemgus Girgensons … 4 points … 100 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Benoit Pouliot … 600th NHL game … Feb. 6 vs. ANA
Buffalo Sabres … 1,000th regular-season home win … Feb. 8 vs. NYI
Jacob Josefson … 300th NHL game … Feb. 10 at BOS